Saturday, December 22, 2012

Winter Quiet Book ideas

With Winter Solstice just taking place today, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite Winter Quiet Book pages that some pretty talented Quiet Book makers have made.

My first highlight is Stephanie from Imagine our life (which is such a cute, cool blog by the way!)  Look at this adorable Snowman page:
 The page in action:
I just love the intricate way she stitches and puts things together.  And her "moving" pictures are so cool don't you think?  Makes the quiet book page really come alive.

And this is a really cute little holiday house page:
The presents get snapped on, and she even rigged it up to have lights!  Stephanie, you are so creative!
Here's a link to an artic page she put together:

Isn't the penguin so cute?  And I love the white baby seal and constellations in the background sky.
PS- Stephanie has a really awesome pinterest quiet book page with some great links to ideas.

Another talented creator is Betz White.  On her blog she has some fine felt handiwork in winter themes that is not an actual quiet book page, but could be (this is all getting very, very intricate- if you are a "basic-level" quiet book creator (like me), don't worry these aren't meant to make you feel inadequate ;), they just might help get the creative juices flowing.
Take for instance, the picture below.  What about if you did a gingerbread house page and had little "candy" felt pieces that were detachable?  Or a gingerbread man that you could dress up with a scarf and hat like the one below?

Natalie Ross has a really cute "Heartfelt Christmas" counting quiet book that is filled with 12 days of Christmas:
I just love the stocking page above- each stocking is a flap and flips up to expose something in it (like a little mouse):
 Here are a couple of her other pages:
LOL a Santa Peekaboo!:
And peace on earth:
A fun idea would be to make a bell page similar to the one below, but sew real little jingle bells on it so it jingled when you turned the page (although maybe that would defeat the purpose of a "quiet" book) :)
Or what about a real simple manger scene in a winter quiet book.  Something like this one below from Wild Olive's blog:

Or you could make a little brown manger that zipped open (same sort of set up as the ark page), and inside could be felt nativity finger puppets, like these:

Another idea could be to do a "winter coat" page, and create a felt coat that spanned the page (similar to one like the ones in the picture below), 
and you could have little activities on the coat like a zipper down the middle, a button on the pocket, a snap on the other pocket, a collar that folded up and down, and even a scarf to tie around: 

This is a cute idea- you can put up stockings and tie the bows on the presents:

Or perhaps a matching game of sorts that had to do with ornaments like the ones below or making a tree page where you hang them up:

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Christmas Quiet Book

Jessica from the UK, who blogs at Not Enough Hours in the Day emailed me last year with pictures of the cutest Christmas Quiet Book I'd ever seen.  She put together a darling quiet book highlighting the wonderful traditions and spirit of Christmas.  So here it is, just in time for all of you avid quiet book makers to make the most memorable Christmas gift this year.  Below are Jessica's instructions and pictures.  Thanks so much Jessica for sharing your wonderful ideas!  Tis the Season to be Sewing!
"This is the first quiet book I made for my son as a gift for his first Christmas. Even though it was for his first Christmas (7 months old) I decided to make a book he could grow into so we could enjoy it for many years to come. I didn't receive my first sewing machine until that Christmas, so the whole book was sewn by hand.

I had a lot of fun making this book and used a lot of the tips I learned from reading this blog. One thing I did that helped a lot, I think, was to plan all of my pages ahead. I also put the template and materials for each page in its on zip-top baggie so if my son was napping I could just grab a page and work on it. I made the car for the stocking page while I was waiting at the doctor's office--which I could do because I just have to bring my baggie ;) (great idea Jessica!)

The first page is a snowman. I first cut 3 felt circles and sewed the eyes, nose and buttons to those. Then, I decided where he would go on the page and cut out the area for the top hat, which is a glossy bit of material for cover books. It worked well to recess the top hat, like I've seen in his "That's Not My Snowman" books. I added a ribbon and embellishments for the hat and then sewed the white circles down. For added interest, I made a scarf by tying knots on some yarn because I don't knit or crochet. The scarf is really two pieces, each sewn down on the book.

This is probably my favorite page because I really like the colors. I drew a template for a wiseman and then use the same template to make all 3. I made the faces profile because that's easier (for me) and allowed the hair/beards to work in my favor. I had 3 interesting beads that I used for the gifts. For the starry sky I made a cross for The Star and then made French knots for the other stars. I had to stop myself several times because I noticed I would start evenly spacing the stars and I wanted a more random look!

This page is a bit more interactive. I made 3 candy canes with velcro on the backs. I first sewed the ribbons to one candy cane piece. Then I sewed the velcro (hook and loop tape) to another candy cane piece that was the mirror image of the candy cane with the ribbon. Then, I sewed the two together with red thread.
 I carefully measured where I put the velcro on the page so that the candy canes can go in multiple directions. A good tip I found before I started was to use the soft velcro to the page and the crunchy velcro to the piece, so if the piece isn't put back correctly, the velcro on the page won't damage the next page when the book is closed. I also made 2 extra candy canes that I keep in my sewing supplies in case these get lost.

 This wreath was fun to make. The "holly berries" are beads sewn onto the "holly leaves." The snowflakes are on pieces of felt that snap on and off. Here's a picture of the wreath from Jessica's flickr page: 
The wreath actually hides a pocket for the snowflake snaps. I made 4 blue and 4 red snaps so they can be rearranged to make different patterns. The ribbon can also be tied and untied. This is a great page for practicing fine motor skills.

 This Christmas tree can be "trimmed" in that it can be folded to reveal the ornaments.
For this page I cut out two identical felt trees. Then, I sewed each ornament on one at a time. In between each ornament, I folded the tree in half down the center to make sure that the ornaments were spaced so they wouldn't touch when the tree was folded to the plain, untrimmed side. After I had all of the ornaments on the tree, I sewed the right half of the trimmed tree to the left half of the plain tree (adding in loops to go around the buttons) and then sewed the other halves to the page. The gifts are from a friend who makes her own Christmas cards.

 The stocking is made of faux fur. First, I made the items for the stocking. I chose toys I could draw easily: duck, baseball, truck. To make the truck have wheels, I cut 3 copies of the truck (2 orange, 1 black) and then cut the wheels off of the orange sides. I sandwiched the black between the orange sides and sewed them all together. Then, I sewed the toys to elastic, which I sewed to the page. Next, I sewed the cuff to the stocking and then sewed that to the page. 
If I could do it again, I would have sewn the elastic higher and had it fold back on itself a little, so the toys could come out further.

This snow globe was surprisingly easy to make. The "snow" doesn't fall well in real life though :( I've tried sequins too but they also get stuck on the felt. Let me know if you have any tips! It's still a fun page and the snow does move, just not like a real snow globe. This was made the same was as the snowman's hat.
The final page is a present. The ribbon can be tied and untied. The gift tag says it's to my son from Mom (I ran out of steam to write Mommy). The present is a pocket and inside is a cardboard snowman shape on a string. 
Someday, when he is bigger, I'll hide other items in here.
I decided to make the outside look like a gift and sewed green ribbon to green felt. I made the ribbon that ties the book closed really long so that I can trim it as it frays over time. This part would have been a lot faster by machine!
Then, I assembled the pages. Because I used felt for the pages, the needle had no problem going through all of those layers. Finally, I used black embroidery floss and blanket stitched around each page.

If you liked this book, you might like the next quiet book I made inspired by Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? "

Thanks so much to Jessica for guest blogging and sharing her wonderful Christmas Quiet Book idea!  And yes, can we have you guest blog next about your brown bear brown bear what do you see quiet book?  I love it!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Mama Duck's quiet book

 I received a nice comment on this blog last month from Jaclyn who writes sweetmamaduck and she shared with me a link to her beautiful quiet book that she recently put together.  She has actually made 2 quiet books- one for her son and one for her niece (such a nice Aunt huh- you know what I mean if you've made a quiet book before- they take a lot of sweat and tears to create!).

I wanted to share with you all her cute ideas and pages. 

It's hard to choose, but I think my favorites are...
The washing machine/getting dressed pages (look at that cute clothesline and the washer window!):
The fridge with magnets:
And look how clever this is, the fridge opens up and you can fix yourself a sandwich!:
Look at how fun this part of her road/car page is complete with a carwash and gas pump:
I love this little deer/strawberry page:
I think my favorite thing about it is the cute little owl in the tree!:
And I love her cover.  What precious fabric!:

Jaclyn also has a great pinterest board that you all need to go check out where she has a great collection of cute quiet book pages found across the Internet.

Thanks Jaclyn for sharing!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

A "months" quiet book

I got an email from "Kendra" recently and she shared a link to a quiet book she had made that highlighted the months of the year.  Look how cute this book is:
It goes through all the months of the year with each page themed as a particular month.  See the book in its entirety here (all pictures on this post are linked from her blog).

My favorite month, is this month (November), the fuzzy turkey!:
 And my second favorite is the February Valentine's page:
And look at this pretty April Easter basket and May flowers:
Thanks for sharing Kendra!

If you have  unique quiet book idea, you'd like to share, email me (fowlerfam at gmail dot com) and I'd love to feature you here on the quietbook blog!